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Netanyahu, Gantz deadlocked after Israeli polls

Sep 18, 2019 - 3:24 PM

(UPDATED) The results give no obvious path for either to form a majority coalition, raising the possibility of negotiations towards a unity government

DEADLOCKED. This combination picture created on September 18, 2019 shows, Benny Gantz (R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on September 18, 2019. (Photo by Emmanuel Dunand and Menahem Kahana/AFP

Israel votes on Netanyahu's political survival

Sep 17, 2019 - 1:48 PM

(UPDATED) The polls are due to close in most areas at 10:00 pm, Israel time

ISRAEL VOTES. An Israeli man casts his ballot during Israel's parliamentary election, at a polling station in Rosh Haayin, on September 17, 2019. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Israel heads to new election after Netanyahu stumbles

May 30, 2019 - 11:59 PM

Israel will now head to the polls again on September 17, just over 5 months after an April election that saw Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing and religious allies win a majority

NETANYAHU. In this file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opens the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on February 10, 2019. File photo by Gali Tibbon/Pool/AFP

Hamas announces ceasefire with Israel after worst escalation in years

Nov 14, 2018 - 12:24 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the military have yet to comment on the announcement

Israel closes people crossing with Gaza after border violence

Aug 19, 2018 - 6:09 PM

(UPDATED) The move could prevent Gazans from travelling via the crossing for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha

GUARDED. Israeli soldiers ride in the turret of a Merkava battle tank near the Kibbutz of Nahal Oz, along the border with the Gaza Strip on July 20, 2018. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

US defense chief in Israel for talks on Iran, Syria

Apr 21, 2017 - 3:41 PM

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis meets with Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin

ISRAEL ARRIVAL. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrives in Israel on April 20. Photo by Matty Stern/US Embassy

Israel threatens to 'destroy' Syrian air defense systems

Mar 19, 2017 - 8:40 PM

UPDATED The next time the Syrians use their air defense systems against our planes we will destroy them without the slightest hesitation warns Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman

A general view taken on March 17, 2017 shows Israel's Iron Dome defence system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, deployed in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights near the Israel-Syria border on March 17, 2017. Israeli warplanes struck several targets in Syria, prompting retaliatory missiles launches, in the most serious incident between the two countries since the Syrian civil war began six years ago. / AFP PHOTO / JALAA MAREY

Israel plans 2,500 settler homes in post-Trump expansion

Jan 25, 2017 - 8:24 AM

The United Nations denounces the move stressing unilateral actions were an obstacle to peace

A general view taken on January 23, 2017 from the Palestinian West Bank village of Rafat shows the Israeli Jewish settlement of Leshem. Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP

Israel defense minister orders boycott of UN envoy – report

Sep 15, 2016 - 11:11 PM

Lieberman reportedly orders ministry employees and military officials not to have contact with UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process Nickolay Mladenov

AVIGDOR LIEBERMAN. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman attends an official memorial ceremony marking the tenth anniversary of the 2006 war between Israel and Lebanon's Hezbollah movement, at the military cemetery of Mount Herzl in Jerusalem on July 19, 2016. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

New Israel coalition near after negotiation breakthrough

Apr 26, 2015 - 7:40 PM

Netanyahu whose Likud party won a surprise victory in a March 17 election has until May 6 to piece together a new government after receiving a 14 day extension last week

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he delivers a speech during an event following the first session of the newly-elected Knesset (Israel's Parliament) in Jerusalem, 31 March 2015. Gali Tibbon/Pool/EPA

Israel wants UN Gaza war probe shelved as chief quits

Feb 04, 2015 - 8:38 AM

Canadian international law expert William Schabas resigns after Israel complains he had prepared a legal opinion for the Palestine Liberation Organization in October 2012 the United Nations said

In this file photo, a Palestinian walks between destroyed houses in the Al Shejaeiya neighborhood in the East of Gaza City, 10 September 2014.

Abbas demands end to Israeli occupation 'now'

Sep 27, 2014 - 8:07 AM

The future proposed by the Israeli government for the Palestinian people is at best isolated ghettos for Palestinians on fragmented lands At worst it will be a most abhorrent form of apartheid

'END OCCUPATION NOW.' A Palestinian family is having dinner in an East Jerusalem restaurant near Damascus Gate, in Jerusalem, September 26, 2014 as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York City in a hard-hitting speech calling for Palestinian statehood and slamming Israel for the recent 50-day war in the Gaza Strip. Photo by Jim Hollander/EPA

Defiant Gaza militants vow to rearm amid shaky truce

Aug 30, 2014 - 10:33 AM

The spokesman for Al Quds Brigades delivers a speech praising backers Iran and allies Hezbollah and declaring the militants would redouble efforts to rearm

Israel keeps up deadly air strikes as Gazans flee the north

Jul 14, 2014 - 9:08 AM

World powers prepared to meet over the spiraling violence as the Palestinian death toll from the punishing Israeli air campaign hit 172

ANOTHER ATTACK. Smoke rises after an attack by Israeli aircraft on the east of Gaza City, 13 July 2014. Mohammed Saber/EPA

Gaza toll tops 100 as truce efforts waver

Jul 12, 2014 - 9:04 AM

Despite international concerns truce efforts have been unsuccessful

TRUCE EFFORTS WAVER. A cloud of smoke rises after an Israeli attack on Gaza City, July 11, 2014. Photo by Mohammed Saber/EPA

PH's top diplomat visits Israel for 36k OFWs

Jun 25, 2014 - 4:14 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario becomes the Philippines first top diplomat to visit Israel in two decades

NO VISAS FOR NOW. An aerial view of giant Israel (right) and Philippine (left) flags after they were unrolled on an airport runway in the desert near the Dead Sea on Nov 25, 2007. While the two countries enjoy more than 50 years of friendship, Israel has suspended consular services in the Philippines because of a worldwide strike. File photo by Jim Hollander/EPA

Israel mulls reprisals for Palestinian unity deal

Apr 24, 2014 - 10:47 PM

The office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu describes the deal which opposes all peace talks with Israel as very serious

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Israeli diplomats' strike grounds Filipino caregivers

Mar 27, 2014 - 9:45 PM

An air service agreement that can boost tourism in the Philippines and Israel and the issuance of visas for Filipino caregivers have been put on hold

Kerry arrives in Israel for talks on Iran, peace process

Dec 05, 2013 - 11:33 AM

Kerry s visit comes at a time of heated debate in Israel over its alliance with the US

MIDEAST VISIT. US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to meet with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Iran rejects blame for nuclear talks failure

Nov 12, 2013 - 11:45 PM

Russia backed Iran saying it was not to blame for the failure to reach agreement

BLAME GAME. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif, briefs to media after the closing of the fourth day of closed-door nuclear talks, during a press conference at the CICG, in Geneva, Switzerland, early 10 November 2013. Photo by EPA/MARTIAL TREZZINI

Israel's Lieberman acquitted on graft charges

Nov 06, 2013 - 11:28 PM

An Israeli court on Wednesday acquitted Avigdor Lieberman on corruption charges in a move welcomed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who hailed his anticipated return to government as foreign minister

Bloodiest day: Israel air strikes kill 31

Nov 19, 2012 - 7:58 AM

3rd UPDATE Israeli air strikes killed 31 Palestinians in the bloodiest day so far of its massive air campaign on the Gaza Strip as diplomatic efforts to broker a truce intensified

GAZA DAMAGE. Palestinians salvage for belongings from their destroyed houses following overnight Israeli air strikes on the village of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip on November 18, 2012. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI

Lieberman vows to stay in Israel govt after Kadima bolts

Jul 18, 2012 - 4:53 PM

Avigdor Lieberman whose ultra nationalist Yisrael Beitenu is a key member of Israel s ruling coalition on Wednesday July 18 said he had no intention of leaving government a day after the Kadima party withdrew